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  1. I boil the wood,, I don't notice them lacking overtones at the beginning more than normal. as violins tend to increase in brilliance as they age anyway, maybe I have noticed a softness at the first, I just didn't correlate it with the boiling. The maple gets crisper and lighter with a noticeable difference in carving qualities. The toughness that it can possess while carving, becomes clean and easy to cut. The amount of debris in the bottom of the cooker says that something was washed out for sure, lots of something.
  2. That extra 3mm is a huge amount,, they tend to get larger anyway. Shrink it.
  3. Are you vomiting, or just dizzy?
  4. Yes this is correct,, the legs are key. That also applies to working with metals, proper stance and leg training and body weight,,, like a hammer head on a handle,, it can produce, fast and extremely accurate results, until eventually no thought is required at all,, just rhythmic motion that will vary according to the need of the material being worked. Just like a hard to play violin, not hard when you know it's secrets. Evan
  5. Received,, 4 pieces of maple will net me 9 backs plus ribs to match,, And 2 spruce will net 4 tops,, plus extra bass bars. It all,, is way better than it even looked in the pics. Nice doing business with you,,, Sir Ernie The magnificent Nice doing Business. Evan the gratefull,,oh so happy!
  6. Received,,,, Amazing, Packaged as beautiful as your fiddles look!
  7. Alright then! Parchment it is. Would linen, or satin work? I like the idea of that,, better than wood.
  8. Brad, Well of course! you sure know how to make a guy feel dumb Evan the absent minded!
  9. Rarely is there a man that will Think and Pray and Sweat , till it turns to blood. There are things in this realm that deify explanation, and understanding of them is only proportional to the time well spent, in the path of their pursuit. A quick glance in the direction of the image, is not to be the whole truth. I try not to deceive my self with knowledge hastily attained. Often if things aren't simple and readily understandable, it is easy to label it with some foolish name,, labeling it a fool. Fools abound,, they are really everywhere,,, go line up a row of strangers and put them to the test,,, things that people fill their life with, and think about are uncomprehending of any explanation. This is the truth, in that,,, violin makers are a different bunch,,, they are thinkers, living in a world of precision and orderly togetherness. It is the very nature of the job. So when I hear something I don't understand,,,, first and foremost, I want the opportunity to believe that he is every bit as serious as the rest of us. And the possibility that someone has spent decades of his life devoted to one thing,and I make a judgement in ten minutes,,leaves the possibility,,,, that I'm not what I seem to be. I fully understand that many dozens of things are that way. A quick tidy respectful judgement must be made,,no need to give it any more thought,, pronto,, not gonna waste my brain cells on that. It's just some wacky goofy ideas,, from someone that obviously doesn't get it and is crazed to make the latest invention, and has to have a patent. Dreamers you call them, with no common sense. Yet many of these are the loveliest people you could ever meet,, so calling them a fool for a silly idea seems rather harsh, but it happens all the time, it's so unfortunate. . It might take more than a few minutes to understand ,,,,,,,,,,until it finally makes sense. I spent a lot of time. Evan, That's what I say Quite a bit. Can you tell if I've had Garlic for dinner, by my breath,, what if I belch real loud? Would it help,,,it is the same system,,, The previous blathering have no point intended, about anything, just try to unsee it.
  10. I really wasn't suggesting to leave his brushes in soap,, only that my only experience with brushes as described (not varnish) is to hold the tip together while it drys with the soap,, (or anything reasonable) it seems that you do the same with a bit of the varnish itself, which sounds reasonable to me. As far as my fiddle brushes, I use till toast,,,then toss.
  11. Great violins are in reality,, not hard to play,, it's just that some of us can hardly play them, because of the lack of technique. The often repeated saying of the Strad that took a year(s) to master, is only about developing the technique to work with the violin, it really is not difficult per say,, just different. Often when we say "This is a good sounding violin,,, It gives us a great sound",,, It has it's own sound, like a comfortable pair of slippers. But I wouldn't want to wear them while rock climbing, and rock climbing isn't difficult once you have developed the strength and technique. A great violinist will say that a violin has a nice sound, but I can never get rid of that sound, it is always there. They want to create that sound with varying bow pressure and speed. Whereas someone with less ability will enjoy the fact that a particular violin makes them sound nice and smooth and rich, when they otherwise don't quite know how to accomplish that with out some extra help. This is the type of sound I like to give to beginners,so as they get better, they will learn,, with developing technique, to pull this sound out of more difficult instruments, as they have experienced it before. Such violins while pleasing to listen to, often are not monsters of power. And when listening to them at a distance they are often not as dynamic, whereas under the ear you think you hear more dynamics than the violin is able to project, because they are too easy to pull out of the instrument, and they are comfortable under the ear, and often swallowed up by competing sound Evan
  12. No I'm not calling you out at all,, you asked me this,,, what are my thoughts? and I answered,, this,,, And I stand by what I said,,, I don't usually participate in such conversations that become such a tangled mess of ideas and arm waving theories, it all becomes at some point just a bunch of useless babble,,, and I am not referring to you personally. Human being always divide into camps and start digging at each other, and picking, then they hear something that in their mind and by using some imagination and thought experiments decide that it is right, and soon they too are on a side, without evidence. It's like a "missing link" that in the realm of millions of years would be no missing link but a continuum of processes that would erase all the artifacts of such a link,, if in fact a link could even exist or be a part of the process. By which, the very theory of the entire process, would effectively erase any evidence of such a link by the very process itself. But that would be inconvenient to even think about, especially when nothing can be observed or repeated, no experiments to verify, no hypothesis to prove, and no explanation as to why the genome is going to destroy itself through mutations that are detrimental to life itself. When did mutations become negative,, with no evidence of a beneficial mutation in written history. These type of violin related conversations should be conducted in live,, real world situations where we are looking in each others eyes,,the theories can be seen and heard, and demonstrations can be given. Trying to reason with thought experiments, in an isolated world with people that don't know each other,,, just doesn't work very well. If Vigdorchik was here in the flesh to demonstrate what he was hearing.. we all might be surprised. Evan
  13. Maybe this will help, When I used to paint structures for a living, the trim brushes had to stay tight at the end to work effectively. So to keep the tip tight,, I was taught to wash them in some soap and warm water and leave them wet, with the soap still in them,,, pull the bristles to a point and hang them point down,,, the bristles hanging not touching anything. Let them completely dry that way, the soap will hold them together. The soap is something akin to ivory hand soap. I know that artist;s use a special brush soap, but let them dry , flush with the soap still in them. This is all similar to a woman sleeping with curlers in her hair. Then carefully rinse the soap out later, and the brush will stay with a nice tight point. Don't ever use hot water, also I think that solvents can excessively dry out natural bristles and they bend and dry in odd directions giving the result that you describe. Hope this helps a bit. Evan
  14. Evan Smith


    It's not woefully lacking,,, not going to imply that,,,, But as you say.....
  15. Well,,,, I have no bone to pick, and I have no problem with any method that a person uses to obtain their goals. All that matters is that they are content with the results. I know many successful makers that use their own diverse methods to good effect. I don't understand the necessity to call others out regarding their methods, using my discipline as a platform to preach from. It is of no matter that others don't do everything exactly like I do. Evan,,, content and at peace
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    It is best to go through cutting a bridge with someone who knows what they are doing. There is a tremendous amount of grammar involved in the process.
  17. Don, Would you mind sharing those Strad response plots,,, Evan,,, asking pretty please?
  18. I have been told by players many times that after someone planed their board,, (not me),, it didn't play the same as before, sometimes better and sometimes worse. I make sure that that play correctly, and part of that can mean an adjustment to the frequency of the final board. Sometimes, (but not always) the frequency of the board can cause problems elsewhere. So after looking at it closely,,,, I use these type of tools to scrape around under the board, close to the neck to lower things a bit, or toward the bridge beyong the nodal line to raise it. The end of the board can also be shortened a bit to raise it. You test it by using clay, or a small wedge near the upper block to check it out. I rarely ever mess with it,, but occasionally it can be the soultion for a playability problem. A scraper for under the board,,leather wrapped to avoid scratches.
  19. Any conclusions on this tuning stuff, reading all this makes my head swimmmm. What ARE we looking for?
  20. My experience has been that high end shops filling repair positions want applicants with either,,,no experience, but talent,,, so they can be trained correctly from the start with no bad habits or preconceived repair procedures to overcome, or graduated from an approved school, either or. I had one guy come to the workshop classes for 2 years, 5 weeks total, and built his first, he wanted to see if he could do it and if he would enjoy doing it before going to school for it. He had never done woodworking before, everything was from scratch. I saw that fiddle years later after he went to school, and I thought it was one he had made at the school. He said well actually you made that corner, and that one, one on top and one on the back, then he had to match them after the demonstration. He did very well and learned extremely fast, we are the same age, not a young buck here. Others attend for years, same instruction, and still,,, their stuff looks like a one pawed dog made it with butter knifes. I know some that have trained under Hans, and Roy,, and the ones that are neat and tidy are still neat and tidy,,, with a much larger "Bag of Tricks". others that are messy workers,, are still messy workers,, it's just how people perceive things. I always ask what people they want, or think they need in their making, so I am ready for them,,, one guy said my corners are always goofy looking, and how right he was,, they are. But when he got there he had decided that they actually looked fine, and he didn't want to think about them any more. They looked like a dog had chewed them to perfection. He messed around on different things on his "vacation". Other folks work their butt off, with long shop hours trying to learn all they can absorb. I have often heard, my notebook is full and my brain is ready to explode, I can't wait to get home and get to work on this stuff,,, energized. Another guy with perfect woodworking skills made his perfect first, so out of shape and wonky looking,, with long out of proportion corners, and curves all wrong, he couldn't be stopped, he liked the shape,, it looked like a beautiful train wreck. Goofy as all get out, with woodworking skills to die for,,,he now has the shapes under control, and his stuff looks nice,,oh but the time spent on making one beautiful ugly mistake was painful to watch. People will do what they do no matter what,,, Surely you find this to be true in Iron Work also? You Teach,, Evan
  21. Hi, Without a sound post, bridge and strings what you are seeing really doesn’t tell you anything, A-0 is low, The B’s are lower than they will end up,, and the spikes are well below the B’s so far,, Nothing to even guess about, it looks very normal at this stage,,,, relax and varnish away, many of us have a tendency to over think every detail into oblivion. I would be very curious if at this point the “spikes” were towering above the B’s but they are not. Whether it is a "nasal" frequency or not depends on other factors other than just that one frequency. Lack of support in certain areas of the spectrum is as much of a cause, as is a single peak. Some great fiddles have strong "nasal" frequencies without being "nasal" because of strong support in other areas. Playing around with a graphic equalizer will demonstrate this to you. Evan
  22. Sure I remember those days, nobody and no info. things were difficult, communication was a big problem. This year is forty years ago,,, different world. A good deal is attributed to talent and basic know how, some people cannot be taught, they haven't got what it takes, others pick it up akin to breathing. Show them a bit and off they go, there is no way to know their path. I prefer to give people a break and don't expect them to be as big a failure as I may have been in the given circumstances. Some people go about things in an intelligent succinct, orderly and tidy manner, without any training, a lot of things are obvious to them,,, others are hacks,, with or without any amount of training. Evan
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